Best Graphics Card For Mac Pro 2008

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The Mac Pro (Early 2008) logic board includes one double-wide PCI Express graphics slot and three PCI Express expansion slots, for a total of four slots. The computer comes with a graphics card installed in slot 1. I'm looking to upgrade the vid card on my 2008 3,1 Mac Pro soon. Leaning toward the 5770 since I've heard that it works on any Mac Pro despite Apple's assertion to the contrary.

I got a 2*Quadcore 3.2ghz 2008 Mac Pro (for free!) recently and I've done a few upgrades to it. I gave it 12GB RAM, a SSD and a few USB 3.0 ports. Next up is a Graphics Card. However, for subsequently released Mac Pro models there also are compatible aftermarket video cards available, including the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X with 12 GB of GGDR5 VRAM, the most powerful video card available for these Mac Pro models. First of all we don´t have any new monitors. We have an old Mac Pro with two mac monitors plus a JVC DT-V20L3D video monitor. Thats a setup we´ve had for years I have been doing some research for the GTX750 TI but it seems to only works for PC, so thats not working for us. We have been running Media Composer on this computer since 2008.

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I'm looking to update from the stock graphics card in my my Mac Pro 3,1 (2008). The logic board only has two 6-pin ATX connectors, and the card I'm looking at (a GeForce GTX 760) requires one 6-pin and one 8-pin ATX connector. From my research the power supply should be able to handle it, as I don't have any other PCI devices. There are 6-pin to 8-pin ATX adapters available, but I'm not sure the tracks on the logic board would be rated for the higher power, and may burn out. I do, however have a spare molex 4-pin power connector for an IDE disk drive. What is the rated power for one of these type connectors, and is there any way to use that, or a combination of that and the other 6-pin ATX connector to provide enough power to the card?



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Please see this thread

The Mac Pro has a special low-profile connector on the motherboard, so you need a cable like this or this_. Make sure the cable you get specifically says it is for the Mac Pro, there are many different choices and not all cables will work.

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I can't find a list of compatible graphics cards anywhere at the Apple web site and I can't find a list of compatible Apple machines anywhere at the nvidia web site. How does someone go about finding out these things?

In particular, does anyone know what the best performing CUDA-compatible graphics cards, compatible with the Mac Pro (MacPro5,1 and more recent) running Mountain Lion, with off-the-shelf drivers, are?


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This might not be exactly what your looking for but Bare Feats has several articles on the current state (or lack there of) video cards for the Mac Pro.

Take a look at CUDA compatible GPUs for the Mac Pro and Abandoning Apple 'Blessed' GPUs

I recently had to replace a second dying NVidia 8800 GT in my Mac Pro (early 2008) but decided to stick with an Apple card.

Most of the non-Apple branded cards will not work until the machine is past the boot volume selection screen (if you need it) and I seem to find myself switching boot volumes frequently.

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